Always had stick shift cars..... decided to buy my 08 GLI with DSG because my wife could not drive my car (4 Knee Surgeries) and we swap cars alot.... i can tell you right now that i LOVE my DSG would not go back to stick
I prefer manual just because Its so much fun. I fell more connected to the car and nothing like the feeling blasting through gears with a manual.
i drove a manual car daily for over 10 years my knees started to break down so i could longer do the clutch pedal all the time
so i fail to see how hitting a pedal and rowing gears makes a person more manly than someone who doesn't
As much as I love the DSG and think it is one of the most amazing things to drive I could never give up my manual. I learned on a manual and both of my cars have been manuals and I will buy manuals for as long as I can. I just find it more fun to drive, and thats what counts in the end really.
Nope, but that's just me
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This thread needs moar manliness
3 pedals all day long. I don't care which one is faster, smoother, easier, longer lasting, cheaper, anything. I enjoy driving with 3 pedals a lot more than 2, and at the end of the day, thats all that matters!
I'm going to most likely be shot for saying this, but I seek out automatics....
- All of my VWs have been automatic, with the exception of my Corrado G60, which was a 5-speed. My first Jetta was a 1987 Jetta Carat and it had the trusty old 3-speed automatic...not the quickest car in the world, but it did it's job.
- My 1990 Jetta GLI (that my parents bought brand new in 1990) is a bit of a strange beast....it was built as a GLI, with all the GLI equipment (Heated Power Recaro seats, MFI, Sunroof, A/C, Power Windows, Locks, Mirrors, Cruise Control, Spoiler Lip and Ski Sack) Here's the big kicker....it was built with a 1.8L Digifant engine. Adding to the confusion...Canada never got the Jetta GLI in 1990...it was the GTX.
Before everyone starts telling me that I'm full of crap and don't know what I'm talking about...save it. I have the build certificate from the car, the factory letter that states the production date, option codes and destination dealer...it all adds up. Also keep in mind I worked for VW Canada...one of my first abuses of company computers was searching the history on my car...turns out that there were about 26 vehicles that were misbuilt in Wolfsburg and they were shipped to Canada and sold to various dealers at a deep discount. At the time, VW had started ordering vehicles using an electronic system called VAUDSK (Pronouned "fo-disk"....early on the database didn't have the capability to restrict options to trim levels...so an order could be generated for a Jetta Carat with wonky options that are technically not feasible. Eventually the system matured and these issues were resolved...but some vehicles slipped through the cracks.
Getting back on topic.....
I have found that the 6 speed automatic is one of the best automatic transmissions VW has ever made - although I believe it's actually made by Aisin and not VW.....compared to the AG4 automatic that was used in the early MkIIIs and MkIV, this transmission is leaps and bounds ahead. I remember my Mom's 1998 Jetta GLX was so slow to shift...her 1999 New Beetle was awful....going from reverse to drive took like 3 or 4 seconds...if you rushed it, the engine would spool up and then crash into gear.
I find that as much as I enjoy driving stick, for my commute and overall flexibility, an automatic makes more sense.
My next car will be DSG.....after having had an Audi A3 with DSG for a while, I know it's something I want in my next car.
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